Should the World Fail to Fall Apart

Should the World Fail to Fall Apart

by Peter Murphy
     
 

Following the collapse of Dali's Car, Murphy embarked on a solo career in earnest, fortuitously hooking up with Howard Hughes, who had been working with fellow cult artists the Associates. With 4AD label head Ivo Watts-Russell drafted in to produce and guest musicians popping in asSee more details below

Overview

Following the collapse of Dali's Car, Murphy embarked on a solo career in earnest, fortuitously hooking up with Howard Hughes, who had been working with fellow cult artists the Associates. With 4AD label head Ivo Watts-Russell drafted in to produce and guest musicians popping in as desired, Murphy and Hughes created a slightly fragmentary but still intriguing record. Caught between his recent past (the use of fretless bass on "Canvas Beauty" was a dead giveaway that he missed working with Mick Karn) and his eventual solo successes, Murphy concentrates here mostly on breaking free of the goth stereotype in which he had found himself trapped. His vocal passion isn't diminished in the slightest, but this time the music over which he sings is generally lighter and freer in tone; he himself handles drum programming, core guitar parts, and keyboard lines while Hughes takes care of the rest. The quietly anthemic title track and "God Sends" stand out as thorough successes on these lines. Two covers also crop up, both worthy of note: A solid run-through of Magazine's "The Light Pours Out of Me" with that band's guitarist John McGeoch; more noteworthy is a fierce rip on Pere Ubu's "Final Solution." The ghosts of Bauhaus do crop up at points, most notably "Never Man," with haunting backing vocals and a generally creepy feeling. Meanwhile, "The Answer Is Clear" has a more direct connection, with none other than Bauhaus guitarist Daniel Ash contributing some fine feedback squalls. Ironically enough, the song itself is a pointed response to Ash's own recent Tones on Tail song "The Movement of Fear," which Murphy took as an attack on himself!

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/09/1996
Label:
Beggars Uk - Ada
UPC:
0607618006921
catalogNumber:
80069

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Peter Murphy   Primary Artist,Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Daniel Ash   Guitar
Philip Rambow   Guitar
Gini Ball   Violin
Peter Bonas   Guitar
Joji Hirota   Conga
John Keliehor   Percussion
John McGeoch   Guitar
Chris Pye   Guitar
Steve Turner   Guitar
Eddie Branch   Bass
Howard Hughes   Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Martin McGarrick   Cello
Erkan Ogur   Acoustic Guitar,Fretless Bass Guitar,Ebo
Erkan Egur   Acoustic Guitar,Fretless Bass Guitar,Ebo
Paul Lawford   Rhythm

Technical Credits

Steve Young   Contributor,rhythm arrangement,Rhythm Programming
Peter Murphy   Producer,Contributor,rhythm arrangement,Rhythm Programming
David Thomas   Composer
David Taylor   Composer
John Fryer   Engineer
Tom Herman   Composer
Gerry Kitchingham   Producer,Engineer
Scott Krauss   Composer
Ivo Watts-Russell   Producer
Tim Wright   Composer
Peter Laughner   Composer
Howard Hughes   Producer,Contributor,rhythm arrangement,Rhythm Programming
Carlos Sosa   Cover Design,Paintings
Craig Bell   Composer
Gerry Kitchingam   Engineer

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